A Very MerryTime Vacation, A Family Trip Report

125 days from today is the next time my family and I will be stepping on Walt Disney World property. I think I have just about finalized most of our plans by now, and if you know me and have followed my trips reports— it very well might change, but… here we go….

We land super early in Orlando International Airport, like before 9am early. I had sworn these early flights off, but flights for this travel week in November are crazy expensive and terribly scheduled from our local airport. This is a quick, again, 5 night trip for our family and trying to make it as smooth as possible. That said, this is the only uncomfortable part of the trip– that I know of anyway.

After landing, we check back into our new family favorite– the Grand Floridian’s Royal Palm Club. Once we arrive there should be snacks and drinks set out so we can indulge a bit before heading to Epcot. We will schedule a few Fast Passes in Epcot around our Le Cellier lunch reservation. I haven’t eaten there in YEARS while the kids have with Mike during one of our trips where I was working and they got to play. 😉

le cellier

We would like to head back to the Grand Floridian in the afternoon so we can settle in, maybe take a quick dip in the pool, and enjoy a few appetizers and drinks before taking the monorail to the Magic Kingdom for the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party that evening. I am so giddy over this plan– we watched the very first show via livestream together and then rewatched it, days later, snuggled in my bed on Mother’s Day. We have downloaded the theme song and know the words by heart. For me, to be able to see it, for the first time in person as a family, with this type of VIP treatment, is priceless.

The next day we get too meet up with Tricia’s family and head into Pandora inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Our plan is to tackle Pandora and a few other attractions before heading back to our resorts for a bit of a break. That night is the very first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, we can all enter the park as early as 4pm as the party officially starts at 7pm. Our family has dinner reservations inside Be Our Guest at 6:30pm, as the party lasts until midnight. I expect the girls to go in one direction and Mikey will hang back with Mike, myself, and the other parents who we are meeting at the party as well.


The next morning, after we enjoy our last breakfast inside the Royal Palm Club, we head to the Disney Dream for the ship’s very first Merrytime cruise of the year. That evening at 5pm we have reserved Evolution Lounge for an exclusive Castle Dreams Travel cocktail party which will give us an opportunity to touch base with our agents and guests sailing with us as well as give out a few goodies too. The next day we are in port at Nassau in the Bahamas. Our family will likely stay onboard as Mike & I are hoping to attend brunch inside Palo, one of our favorites. On Sunday, the 5 of us will likely participate in the Castaway Cay 5K and then enjoy the rest of the day on the beach. We disembark the next day.

disney dream

Our flight home departs at 3:15pm, we have some time to leisurely disembark and then enjoy lunch at the airport before heading home.

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